TCP Talk


December 2020

Mining a Memory

I was reminded of my great-grandfather Smith [Why Horses Wear Shoes, October 2020]. He was the town’s blacksmith and farrier back in Pennsylvania. His forge was fired with Pennsylvania coal.

 

Frank Ott, Concho Valley EC | Eola

 

Horse Sense

They wear shoes so they don’t hurt their feet when kicking their owners [Why Horses Wear Shoes, October 2020].

Bobby Barron | Via Facebook

 

Co-ops Count

Who knew our electric employees “are so much more than power providers”? How can so few get so much done in all types of weather year after year, often under treacherous conditions [By the Numbers, October 2020]?

Jane Patterson, Bowie-Cass EC | Texarkana

 

Encountering SRV

I was a limo driver in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. One of the approximately 100 celebrities I met was Stevie Ray Vaughan [Letters, October 2020]. I picked him and his mother up in Oak Cliff. This was the same month that he died in the helicopter crash.

Vance K. Apple, CoServ | Frisco

 

Bittersweet Keepsake

The best Christmas gift I ever got was a cassette player with a cassette still in it, which my parents had used Christmas Eve while setting out presents [Finish This Sentence, October 2020]. On the cassette they were laughing, joking and talking about us three girls. I never told them about the cassette, nor did I tell my younger sisters. I am the oldest of three girls and was 10 then.

The reason this is so very special is that on March 30, 1975, just three months later, Daddy was murdered, and those were the only words I could hold and continue to have of him. My youngest sister was only 2, and for her these were the only words she would ever hear from her father.

Dedria Tanton, Sam Houston EC | Rye

 


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